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Getting to Lightning Ridge is easy from any of the east coast capitals and is a short drive north of Walgett, and while it is not on the Darling River, it is certainly a must-see destination while travelling the Darling River Run.

Drive to Lightning Ridge from Adelaide

Getting to Lightning Ridge from Melbourne provides the visitor with some variable routes through some of Australia's most iconic places; particularly Bendigo in the Victorian Gold Fields, Echuca on the Mighty Murray River and the beautiful Hay Plains before joining the Kidman Way before joining the Kidman Way touring route to Bourke and our other great river, the Darling.

For those wishing a more direct route, the Newell Highway provides the quickest way to experience the 'Ridge' and still takes in some wonderful towns along the way.


Getting North:

Heading to Lightning Ridge from Melbourne provides many great routes but two of the best are via the Goldfields and onto the Port of Echuca or via bush-ranger country and onto Tocumwal on the Murray River.

Once in NSW, there are great touring options north.

The Kidman Way

The Kidman Way is a great touring route through Shepparton before crossing the Murray River at Tocumwal which is a great place for a stopover to experience the grandeur of one of our greatest rivers.

Continuing north, the Kidman Way provides a wonderful drive through Darlington Point at the Murrumbidgee River, Griffith, Hillston, Cobar, and onto Bourke. The last section, Cobar to Bourke, passes Gundabooka National Park, one that should be put on the list of things to do and see.

Newell Highway:

Probably the best known north/south routes in Australia, the Newell highway is a great tour through towns like West Wyalong, Forbes, Parkes, and Dubbo. Not to miss along is the way is the Dubbo Plains Zoo as well as the 'Dish' at Parkes.

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